Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport


Health and wellbeing

Promoting exercise behaviours

If we are to get more disabled people physically active, it is vital we understand the psychological factors that underpin participation in disability sport and exercise. By investigating the barriers, benefits and facilitators associated with all forms of disability sport and exercise, better evidence-based promotion initiatives can be designed.


  • Project INSPIRED: Investigating Narratives and Stories to Promote and Inspire Regular Exercise in the Disabled
  • What is the best way to deliver physical activity information to specific disability groups?
  • Promoting physical activity in the spinal cord injury community: Development, mobilisation and assessment of an evidence-based approach
  • Disabled athlete’s narratives of resilience, health and well-being
Research team

Dr Anthony Papathomas, Emily Hunt, Prof Brett Smith, Joanna Kirkby, Toni Williams

External collaborators

Professor Amy Latimer-Cheung (Queens University Canada), Marie-Josee Perrier (Queens University Canada), Melissa Day (University of Chichester) and Professor Kathleen Martin Ginis (McMaster University, Canada).


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and The Coca Cola Foundation.